U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “The government has finally moved to ban military-style assault rifles. Great. So now let's go to the next step, a complete and comprehensive ban on the sale and ownership of all handguns,” Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opinion writer Tony Keene demands.
It’s not just “military-style assault rifles.” Per The Daily Wire:
“[T]he list of banned guns includes 10- and 12-gauge shotguns — a necessity for hunting in many of Canada’s more remote locales — hunting rifles, a BB gun, and even the website AR15.com.”
“There is no conceivable reason why an ordinary person needs to own a handgun,” Keene asserts. “No reason whatsoever.”
People who have used guns to save their lives and to stop violent criminals would disagree with Tony. So would the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, which concludes:
“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.”
But don’t bother opinionated Tony with facts. He’s self-evidently the type of prohibitionist zealot described by libertarian novelist L. Neil Smith:
“What kind of moral cripple would rather see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand?”
The kind that demands a totalitarian monopoly of violence. Tony goes on to prove it and which side he’s on.
“Those of us trained in the use of handguns (and I mean properly trained, by the police or the military, not just a weekend course at the local gun club) know that the armed amateur is dangerous,” Tony instructs, making sure to include himself as a former military reservist in the exclusive cadre of armed elites.
It seems Tony “served for more than four decades as a military reservist and took part in, and wrote about, multiple missions in Canada and abroad.” Good for him, he’s a veteran. So was one of our country’s greatest military heroes, and he’s remembered today as Tony deserves to be for the destruction of liberty he wants to force on his countrymen.
As for “those…properly trained,” they get three tries to qualify with “policing standards”? These are them? That’s it? But Tony obnoxiously dismisses gun owners who put themselves through more demanding exercises on any given weekend as “Citizen Rambos”?
“Likewise, the term ‘shooting yourself in the foot’ is not just a metaphor,” Tony bloviates, oblivious that he has just stepped in a real-world refutation of his ignorant arrogance. Remember DEA agent Lee Paige, the guy who claimed to be “the only one … professional enough” to carry a gun, and then did just that?
We could go on fisking this fanatic, but the rantings of someone who thinks he’s clever for comparing gun owners protective of their rights to “poison gas enthusiasts” aren’t worth the time. We know bigotry is born of ignorance, and Tony proves it yet again with his “suggested scenario” demanding:
- A total and absolute ban on handgun sales, and on handgun ownership by private citizens. (With long prison terms for violation.)
- Restriction of long guns to bolt-action rifles and limited-magazine shotguns.
- Firm enforcement of minimum sentences for possession of any restricted weapon, and even more stringent penalties for anyone committing a crime with a firearm.
- Exemptions, under strict controls, where subsistence hunting is a way of life.
We owe Tony thanks for making it clear that no, it’s not about “commonsense gun safety,” and yes, his counterparts on our side of the border really are talking about taking our guns. (Speaking of which, I also give him props for “heightened border vigilance,” but still wouldn’t mind seeing woke and triggered Canadian “progressives” attack him as a xenophobe and hater.)
“And no, it won't take away our freedom or democracy,” Tony disingenuously concludes. “But it will make us safer.”
If by “us” he means his side, the one with the guns, then yeah.
Some will no doubt dismiss this because it's in Canada and ask why we in the U.S. should care what they do over there. We need to be vigilant to threats as they approach because the goals of their grabbers are the same as ours. And the goals of the globalists who would rule us if we let them are to impose totalitarian disarmament edicts everywhere, in Everytown…
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.